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Unions Successful in Targeting Healthcare Industry
Date:3/18/2008

DETROIT, March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The number of representation petitions filed and elections held across all industries declined in 2007, according to data from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Unions successfully continued to organize the nation's healthcare industry, however. IRI Consultants and the American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) released the data and analysis in the 30th Labor Activity in Healthcare Report.

Unions won 72 percent of representation (RC) elections held in healthcare in 2007 - versus a union win-rate of 62 percent in non-healthcare industries. The success rates for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee (CNA/NNOC) and various state nurses associations were even higher at 79, 80 and 83 percent, respectively. The SEIU accounted for 47 percent of all representation petitions filed in the healthcare industry in 2007.

The states with the highest number of RC petitions filed in healthcare in 2007 include California, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio and Washington. Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, Oregon and Puerto Rico were the states and territories with the largest percentage increase in RC petition filings.

In addition to analyses of national, regional and state representation and petition data, the report includes articles that review NLRB decisions from 2007 and discuss such legislative issues as nurse-staffing ratios, card-check and so-called neutrality laws. The report also highlights unions' organizing efforts in Texas' healthcare industry and surveys the year's major news stories in the labor movement. These include:

-- The CNA/NNOC joining the AFL-CIO and its partnering with the

Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals

(PASNAP)

-- Disaffiliation of the state nurses associations of New York, Ohio,

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